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River Jam 24: Night Two

Much like any part of this festival, it's a giant musical science experiment. Chemistry, timing, location, vibe. The two artists playing River Jam Night Two at Billy's Ice are River Jam veterans having toiled away in the summer sun of the Lone Star Float House porch a time or two. As Jade Marie Patek commented when she played Cheatham and Billy's, "I feel like I've graduated." Well, it's time for Lucas Jagneaux and Drew Cooper to send out commencement invitations to Billy's Ice. The ceremony will begin around 8pm on Sat July 13.

Lucas Jagneaux is as stone cold country as they come. The Louisiana native's original songs drip with twang, steel and more hooks than a tackle box. When someone not from the Lone Star State can release a song titled "The Worst Thing About Texas" and turn it into a hit on Texas Country radio, you know they have it. Lucas can tear up a tele with the best of them and his backing band, The Roadsheaux are every bit the Strangers to his Merle. Lucas Jagneaux has the voice, songs and style to be the next big thing. He's firmly in the Cody Johnson, Aaron Watson side of Texas/Red Dirt music. Traditional country with enough honkytonk in the mix to make your cares go away for a couple hours.

Drew Cooper is a giant of a man. The kind that wraps you up in a bear hug amid a dap up. His voice is fit to match. Large, unique, attention-getting. The Arizona based singer-songwriter has made significant inroads into the Texas scene on the strength of his live performances. He has a track, "Easy Girls", that went semi-viral a few years back. But there's so much more to his catalog. Luckily, once you hear a Drew Cooper song you never forget it. Folks like Cody Canada are big fans of Cooper's sound, style and humanity. It will all be on display at Billy's Ice.

This two-fer happening at Billy's Ice on Sat July 13 has a chance to be the show of the summer anywhere. Come join in. Advance GA tickets can be had for as little as $10. See you at the show!


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